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nCircle Sponsors Development of Open Source, FIPS 140-2 Compliant Versions of SSL, SSH

nCircle, the leader in information risk and security performance management, today announced completion of a project to deliver a FIPS 140-2 compliant version of OpenSSH using OpenSSL. nCircle sponsored the development and validation of this software in partnership with the OpenSSL Software Foundation, ensuring it would be shared with the open source community.

Federal Information Processing Standard 140-2 (FIPS 140-2) is a U.S. federal government encryption standard published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The standard is widely used by federal agencies and has been adopted by the Canadian government's Communication Security Establishment and is jointly administered by these bodies through the Cryptographic Module Validation Programme.

“nCircle has been a participant in the open source software community for over ten years,” said Rich Gaushell, director of engineering for nCircle. “We rely on open source software in our day-to-day operations and in our products, and we value the open source community. We’re pleased to partner with the OpenSSL Foundation to create a FIPS 140-2 compliant version of OpenSSH in a way that ensures the OpenSSL validation by NIST can be maintained.”

“nCircle’s sponsorship of this project has been instrumental in bringing it to fruition,” said Steve Marquess, president for the OpenSSL Software Foundation. “A FIPS 140-2 compliant version of OpenSSH is valuable for any software company working with the U.S. or Canadian governments.”

About nCircle

nCircle is the leading provider of information risk and security performance management solutions to more than 6,500 businesses and government agencies worldwide. nCircle solutions enable enterprises of all sizes to (1) automate compliance and reduce risk, and (2) measure and compare the performance of their IT security program with their own goals and industry peers. nCircle solutions may be deployed on a customer’s premises, as a cloud-based service, or in combination, for maximum flexibility and value.

nCircle has won numerous awards for growth, innovation, customer satisfaction and technology leadership and has been ranked among the top 100 best places to work in the San Francisco Bay Area. nCircle is headquartered in San Francisco, CA, with regional offices throughout the United States and in London and Toronto. To learn how you can more effectively protect your company visit us at http://www.ncircle.com.

nCircle is a registered trademark of nCircle Network Security, Inc. All other registered or unregistered trademarks are the sole property of their respective owners.

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